Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 15 game because of the way the numbers flowed into each other." Soon, she and teammates Ashley Strahm and Margaret Pentrack, as they say, put their heads together, and voila! The colored- coded Road to Durham 150 was born. Board games for the "townies" in our lives are not entirely new. Greenville, Mass., rolled out one in 1977. In 1984, a Clifton, N.J., version with board game stops at such landmarks as Bertelli's Liquors went into production. Alas, the Bull City game does not have its own tokens (you provide a coin, for example) or the necessary dice, or rather die, to move around the board. What it does have is a chance for you to answer trivia questions — after landing on a red tile — about Durham's history, which stretches to 1869. You can pick up a free 11-by-16-inch foldout game board at Durham's Visitor Center on Main Street. It's all part of a 150th kickoff celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the American Tobacco Campus to launch scores of events culminating Nov. 2 with a closing ceremony at DPAC, the Durham Performing Arts Center. "The dream is to see people playing this board game all over the Triangle, and in coffee shops!" said Discover Durham's Pentrack. (Check out discoverdurham.com and its link to anniversary events at durham150.org.) Now and then, American towns have embraced local board games, such as this one from Clifton, N.J., dating to 1984. Shave, haircut, and a swirling barber's pole L arry Hall is old-school, meaning he has been trimming locks of hair since shortly after emerging from barber school in Durham back in 1962. "You can get a hot lather shave around the ear," he said of his offerings at Larry's Barber Shop along Wake Forest's North Main Street near the historic cottages of Mill Village. The equally old-school revolving red-and-white barber pole out front has been a mainstay too since Hall landed at this location by his own count some 16 years ago, just a slice of his 55-year career of a snip here, a snip there. But passersby, it seems, to this day didn't quite notice. "I'd been coming by here two, three times a day and never saw it," Hall said the comments about his rotating barber's pole. "How could somebody come that close and not notice?" But several weeks ago, something happened. An idea clicked. His business acumen was rekindled. American ingenuity kicked in. That's when Middlesex, N.C.-native Hall rigged up a marine battery and charger atop the rear of his Chevy pickup and mounted the swirling red-and-white stripes — now easily in eyeshot of passing motorists. The results came into focus as sharply as a buzz cut. "I picked up 21 new customers by seeing it on the back of the truck," he said. "It's amazing." To Hall, this home of the $17 haircut is something of his pride and joy. He's likely to show off his government-issue "sanita- tion grade." It's 100. A framed color photograph of him playing guitar at a Lion's Club with his father (who passed in 1987) is displayed near the entryway. "We played gospel and bluegrass," he said of his youth. "Country music ain't country music no more." These days, it's the barber's pole new visibility that's king. "People love it," he said. "They say, 'That's a smart idea!' and make me feel like I've been dumb all these years." And on his trips to and from work, drivers notice. "People will blow their horns, come up behind me," he said. As for pressing fingertips to frets, Hall doesn't play much guitar anymore. "The callouses go away, and it hurts like crazy," he said of the attempts. But barber-shopping, that's for keeps. "Retire?" he said of the suggestion. "That ain't in my vocabulary." PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ Larry Hall and his classic barber pole, now mounted on the rear of his Chevy pickup for visibility, outside Larry's Barber Shop in Wake Forest.

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